By Rachel Caine
"Jasmine ""Jazz"" Callender is at the downhill slide to spoil. as soon as a embellished murder detective, she's misplaced all of it: her former partner's been convicted of homicide, she's been cashiered out, and she's consuming away what little self-respect she's received left. yet Jazz has a expertise for difficulty, and someone is familiar with it. while a mysterious, horny stranger comes trying to find her with a fateful crimson envelope in his hand, she's approximately to make the deal of her lifestyles ... for reliable or undesirable. The deal calls for her to go into right into a partnership with a stranger and examine instances that arrive in particular crimson envelopes ... that's peculiar adequate, yet will get more odd as she and her new accomplice Lucia discover that they're operating for somebody with supernatural skills. and perhaps they don't seem to be at the facet of the angels anymore. "
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The folder contained loads of legal paperwork about the partnership. Jazz blurred out after a couple of pages, but she was pretty expert in shaking wheat from chaff, when it came to legal papers, and flipped through the thick sheaf until she found what she was looking for. "Looks like the money's coming from a nonprofit organization called the Cross Society," she said, and scooted over to give Lucia a lean-in on it. " Lucia hooked silky black hair back over her ear. no idea, actually. Why. " Lucia shrugged.
Jazz sighed, leaned her head against the backrest and closed her eyes. Maybe, with the help of the mimosa, she could sleep the rest of the way to the city, without dreams. JFK felt crowded, breathless and a little grubby. Lucia led Jazz past baggage claim and toward the outside, where New York was having a fabulously-probably unexpectedly-golden day. She slowed in her stride before they reached the doors. " Jazz asked. She was already alert, but Lucia's change in body language elevated it a sharp notch to outright paranoia.
But she had a sudden impulse to clean herself up a little, for Lawyer Borden. Stupid. a what? A witness? A suspect? Suspected of what, exactly? It was too complicated and cloudy to work through. She shoved essentials into a ditty bag, hesitated, and fumbled in the surplus-stuff drawer for perfume. People were always giving her perfume, most of it sickly sweet and horrible, and she'd always made a point of keeping herself fragrance-free on assignments. Bad guys had noses, too. You couldn't exactly get away with playing a homeless woman if you reeked of Obsession.
Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine